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Originalist Sin

How historical periods are defined depends on the purposes of the definer. Geologists look to rock structure,┬ádemarking eras such as the Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic, Mesozoic and Paleozoic. Economists look to the primary source of wealth: the Iron Age, the Bronze Age, the Industrial Age and now the Information Age. Chroniclers of foreign affairs look to […]

The Trouble with USAID

USAID is a mess. Can the Administration’s recent reform package fix it up?

Reflecting on China

What are the sources of the American image around the world? How has it changed in recent years? And what, if anything, can the U.S. government do to shape that image? The American Interest posed these questions to a distinguished group of international observers. Their answers reflect diverse histories and circumstances, and offer some useful […]

Blowtorch Bob in Baghdad

Robert Komer’s retrospective on the Vietnam War sheds a hazy light on U.S. choices in Iraq.

For a Change

What are the sources of the American image around the world? How has it changed in recent years? And what, if anything, can the U.S. government do to shape that image? The American Interest posed these questions to a distinguished group of international observers. Their answers reflect diverse histories and circumstances, and offer some useful […]

A Short History of a Big Mistake

Americans revere the Framers, but few realize how distorted their handwork became at the hands of the 17th Amendment.

The Democracy Bureaucracy

President Bush has made the spread of democracy the central strategic goal of U.S. foreign policy. Are we organized to do this?

Industrial Folklore

George Gerbner studied the cultural impact of television with greater intensity than anyone. A colleague explains what he learned.

Get Smart

Next to war, the greatest threat to American power and prosperity is our acute education deficit.

Dissecting Anti-isms

Anti-Americanism is distinguished by five characteristics common to all “anti-isms.”

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